Each year, deforestation destroys countless acres of essential forests. At least a fifth of all global carbon emissions come from deforestation as fewer trees mean that less carbon is being absorbed from our atmosphere. What’s more, burning forest wood, a common practice, actually releases carbon that has been stored inside trees for years. Also, deforestation leaves soil unprotected—soil erodes rapidly and eventually fields are left in infertile states. If we don’t find a way to reduce or stop the rate of deforestation quickly, then at its current rate deforestation will cause a complete collapse of our rain forest eco-systems.
There is a solution though, at least in part. Perhaps you’ve already heard of the rise in eco-friendly bamboo products. This is definitely something to cheer as bamboo is one of the most sustainable natural materials in the world. It can be crafted into fine furniture and floors as well as made into green packaging and even clothing.
Bamboo is one of the world’s fastest growing plants, taking just five to seven years to mature instead of 30 to 50 years like traditional trees. Some bamboo varieties have even been documented to grow at a rate of about two feet per day. That’s quite a turnover rate and it means that bamboo is a highly renewable material—far more sustainable to use and replant than cutting down our current, slow-growth forests. Bamboo also does wonders for our planet. It helps purify our air and soil by extracting CO2 and generating 35% more oxygen than standard trees. Soil erosion and run-off are deterred as well thanks to bamboo’s deep roots. Moreover, bamboo is a versatile crop that can grow in a diverse range of climates, even in the southeastern U.S.
With all these benefits, it’s hard to find any argument against bamboo. Of course, there are some speculations that the dyes used to color bamboo are not earth-friendly, but bamboo is without a doubt far more sustainable than its soft-wood counterparts.
If you’re resolved to help make the world and your home a happier, healthier place, then you and your pet will certainly enjoy these eight eco-friendly bamboo product picks.
Tired of flimsy pet food scoops? ORE Pet’s scoop is then the perfect remedy. It’s crafted from durable bamboo so it is bound to outlast any unsustainable plastic variety. Plus, Ore’s scoop is easy to clean as its dishwasher safe. If you love Ore’s scoop, then check out their bamboo pet spoon and litter box scooper.